Butterflies and a Pair of Damsels

As the title suggests this post is all about the Butterflies and a pair of damselflies found at Blashford Lakes nature reserve last Sunday.

To begin with my 1st sighting at this reserve of the Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly (Argynnis paphia).

The classic side on shot

Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly
Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly

Face on pose

Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly head on
Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly head on

and Up, up and away!

Up, Up and Away!
Up, Up and Away!

I also managed to photograph the Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta), side on and birds eye.

Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly basking on leaf
Red Admiral butterfly basking on leaf

The damsels were a pair of mating Common Blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum), which I managed to bracket and process a 5 image stack of.

5 image stack of a mating pair of Common Blue damselflies
5 image stack of a mating pair of Common Blue damselflies

For record purposes the other butterflies spotted on the day were Gatekeepers and Ringlets.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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